Moderated Chat Event
ISCID is pleased to announce a live chat with biochemist Michael Denton in a live chat discussion titled: Protein Folds as Platonic Forms. The chat will take place at 10pm on Tuesday April 15th, 2003. Enter the chat here.
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Michael Denton is Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Otago in New Zealand. His primary research focus is on the molecular genetics of retinitis pigmentosa.
Denton is well known for his two influential books Evolution:
A theory in Crisis and Nature's Destiny. His
most recent work considers whether organic forms (protein, RNA folds,
Microtubular forms, tensegrity structures, cells forms, bodyplans)
features of nature and essentially the same as chemicals or molecules. He
presented this idea most recently in his December 2002 paper, "The
Protein Folds as Platonic Forms: New Support for the Pre-Darwinian
Conception of Evolution by Natural Law" which appeared
in the Journal of Theoretical Biology. In this paper he argued that
the way matter is arranged into the higher architecture of life is
determined by a set of rules or ‘laws of form’ which
determine and predict all biological forms like the laws of chemistry
predict all chemical forms.